While in London, I visited the Natural History Museum, and while not the most exotic of places, the only words I can use to describe it are fascinating and exhilarating. The museum allows visitors to learn about the past but also the present; we are transported all across the globe through its exhibitions; the whole world... in one building.
I travelled to Africa and saw the big cats, the Lion's golden fur glistening under the tourists flashing cameras. The jaguar seemed to growl at me as I gazed at its magnificent figure and immediately saw it in my mind's eye racing across the savannah, hungrily stalking its prey. I watched the gentle gazelle stood gracefully with its slender figure and sharp eyes, blissfully unaware of the danger it was in. The giraffes stand tall, eating from the trees, as silent in my mind as they are in the exhibit. The rhino stands proud, his horn a warning to any predators who might approach, he is dangerous.
Into the Jungle I was transported and I could almost hear the monkeys calls to each other as they hung from the trees, mocking each other. The huge hippopotamus emerges from the water to join its herd, as the elephants are at peace, drinking from the lake with little fear from predators. From the trees I can hear the calls of many different birds, and I see the beautiful colours of the birds of paradise, so bright in order to attract a mate.
I move the hot desert where I find a camel, its humps just as I had always imagined, so unique and fascinating. Then to the woods I go, where I encounter I black bear, its face terrifying as it attacks. Wolves are everywhere, their fur as soft as a pet dogs, their attitudes not.
Just as quickly as I arrived, I leave, this time underwater where I see beautiful fish and then dolphins. They emerge from the water calling to each other playfully, their faces almost seem to be smiling. The killer whales follow next, and the orcas, their streamline bodies moving gracefully through the water. Then I see it. One of the most magnificent creatures I have ever laid my eyes on. The blue whale. It is the largest creature ever to have existed and it is simply breathtakingly beautiful. It seemed to swim past me, and I began to wonder if it would ever end. As I emerge from the water I take the final step of my journey, and I see the penguins of the arctic huddled together and the beautiful white fur of the polar bear searching for fish.
My journey of the natural world completed, the beauty of the creatures within it really are thought provoking. So many of these wonders are endangered and it would be a terrible los for the world to loose such magnificent creatures. While it was perhaps not the purpose of the museum, the main thing I took from it was inspiration to help conserve the natural world and the animals in it, so they do not become extinct like so many species before them.